Man found dead covered in dog bites in Rockingham County died of heart attack, ME report says


Jose Cruz Cazares-Robles

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MADISON, N.C. — A man from Mexico who was found dead by deputies a day after he went missing from a Madison home in November died of a heart attack, according to the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office.

Jose Cruz Cazares Robles, 62, of Jalisco, Mexico, was found dead on Nov. 24, 2014, at the bottom of a steep embankment near McCollum Road. Robles had been out for a walk at the time he went missing.

When sheriff’s deputies found Robles’ body, it was covered in wounds consistent with dog bites. As a result of the investigation, 15 dogs belonging to Daniel McCollum, of McCollum Road, were seized by the sheriff’s office pending further investigation.

The dogs were taken to the Rockingham County Animal Shelter where they continue to be cared for.

According to the Medical Examiner’s report, obtained yesterday by sheriff’s Investigators, Robles died as a result of “acute myocardial infarction in the setting of a dog attack and underlying coronary artery atherosclerosis.”

Sheriff’s investigators are conferring with the Rockingham County District Attorney’s Office to determine if criminal charges will be filed.

The dogs will remain in custody until the determination is made.

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